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Niese is not nearly as evil and cold-blooded as Calrissian, but both men know how to get themselves out of a jam.
Calrissian is one of the more enigmatic characters in Star Wars. Han Solo even calls him one of the biggest liars in the galaxy.
Indeed, Calrissian is a bit of a con man, or at the very least a gambler. He gives the appearance of a charming, funny, confident and adventurous man with good morals. Calrissian is very loyal, and he refuses to use guns even though he deals with criminals. Instead, Calrissian preferred to use his personality and con skills to get out of trouble.
This is not to say Niese is a con artist or a bad person. And the married Niese is not quite as much the ladies' man as Calrissian was.
But what Niese does is quietly produce results. He is not the most overpowering or flashy pitcher but he can get out of anything. Niese threw almost 200 innings last season with a 3.40 ERA.
Even more, Billy Dee Williams also starred in one of the most underrated baseball comedies ever, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings. Williams was the titular pitcher, Bingo Long, during the high-flying times of barnstorming in baseball. The movie also stars James Earl Jones (Darth Vader) and the legendary Richard Pryor.
Long’s character is based on the great Satchel Paige, and it is fitting that a pitcher should play the role of Calrissian.
As for the similarities between Calrissian and Niese, both characters are unconventional in their tactics, but both characters also know how to get the job done.